Just the right size : why big animals are big and little animals are little (Animal Science) (#0144PL6)

by Davies, Nicola; illustrated by Layton, Neal

8 reviews & awards | 7 full-text reviews

FollettBound Glued Candlewick Press, 2009
Price: USD 15.37
Description: 61 pages : color illustrations ; 16 x 25 cm
Dewey: 591.4; Int Lvl: 3-6; Rd Lvl: 5.8
AR 5.8 MG 1 130504EN; RC 10.4 4; LEX NC1080L; F&P T


Other available formats

Paperback Candlewick Press, c2009, p2011

USD 8.42

FollettBound Books

Built to last with an unconditional binding guarantee — wear and tear resistant, extended shelf life, unmatched durability, and full-color laminated covers.

Learn more about FollettBound Books.

Support Your Learning Objectives

Explore the Complete Set (5 Books)

Animal Science

Animal Science Book Set by Davies, Nicola

About This Set

Animal biology at its most fun and fascinating, presented by zoologist and award-winning children's book author Nicola Davies. Chock full of nasty statistics and gory facts!

Explore the Complete Set

Similar Items You May Also Enjoy

From Follett

Includes index. Illustrations and simple text help young readers to understand why some animals are big and some are small.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication Date: March 8, 2011
  • Format: FollettBound Glued
  • Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
  • Dewey: 591.4
  • Classifications: Nonfiction
  • Description: 61 pages : color illustrations ; 16 x 25 cm
  • Tracings: Layton, Neal, illustrator.
  • ISBN-10: 0-329-84525-X (originally 0-7636-5300-4)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-329-84525-4 (originally 978-0-7636-5300-2)
  • LCCN: 2008-938394
  • Follett Number: 0144PL6
  • Interest Level: 3-6
  • Reading Level: 5.8
  • ATOS Book Level: 5.8
  • AR Interest Level: MG
  • AR Points: 1
  • AR Quiz: 130504EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 10.4
  • Reading Counts Points: 4
  • Lexile: NC1080L
  • Fountas & Pinnell: T

Reviews & Awards
  • Booklist, 08/01/09
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books starred, 09/01/09
  • Horn Book Magazine, 09/01/09
  • Kirkus Reviews, 06/15/09
  • Library Media Connection, 11/01/09
  • Publishers Weekly, 06/15/09
  • School Library Journal, 08/01/09
  • Wilson's Children, 10/01/10

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (August 2009 (Vol. 105, No. 22))
Grades 4-6. The team that penned Poop: A Natural History of the Unmentionable (2004) presents another title with a unique twist. Illustrated with winsomely crude cartoons (think Diary of a Wimpy Kid), this small, rectangular volume packs in a ton of information on the mathematically based rule governing how big or little an animal can get while still being able to get airborne (like a fly) or walk on water (like a water strider). Using the hook of superheroes, a dose of physics is made simple. For example: humans can’t ever race across walls like a gecko because every time an animal doubles size, its weight and volume increase eight times. A person, therefore, would need ridiculously big, long toes—all out of proportion to what a gecko is equipped with—to keep off the floor. A glossary and index are included, making this useful for reports; but future biologists will probably enjoy perusing this book just for the pleasure of understanding principles about the animal world not easily found elsewhere.

Read all 7 full-text reviews …

Back to Top